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Have You Noticed Your Path?

YellowBrickRoad-300x168Every year at this time we sit down and make goals, things we want to do, how much money we want to make and so on. Every year goes by and we find ourselves in the exact same position we were in one year ago, it gets frustrating doesn’t it? It’s like we can’t break through the old habits and patterns each of us has, the DNA of our thoughts keeps us from moving forward. Some figure it out, but most don’t, and the cycle starts all over again….we go back to step one and reset the goals only to discover another year has passed and we’re still in the same place we were after doing a reset.

The old saying, ” The definition of insanity is…doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.”

I’m not suggesting you don’t set goals, I am suggesting you set realistic attainable goals.

If you were to look back, go back only 5 years, and then look where you are today, has much changed? If not, your goals and your strategy is not what’s failing you, it’s how you think and how you see. The same thing applies to conferences and events, if you attend the same events every year, and you see the same people there every year, and your business isn’t growing or reaping a benefit from those events, I would suggest it’s time to evaluate those events. The same process should be applied to networking groups, if the same people are there, and business isn’t growing from those people, why go back, you should look at stepping up your networking. Yes, all those people are fun to be with, they’re really nice people, you still have check your indicators.

If you were to go back 10 years, you would see the pattern on a larger scale, you would notice the path you’ve been on. Is or was that path the right path to growing your business, increasing revenue’s, meeting people who move you forward? If yes, then this message is not for you, if No, it would seem you have a serious question to ask yourself. Do you want to change the outcome of the past 5 – 10 years? The best way to change the outcome, you need to change the circles of people you interact with. You need to surround yourself with people who will help you get to the next level.

In many ways, business hasn’t changed in a positive way. What I mean is, there is still far too much resistance to what’s really happening. Here is a challenge for you:

Have you noticed, over the past 5 – 10 years, how many things you used to pay for, are now free. I challenge you to make a list.

Then, review that list and see how many of those things you use in your business.

The list should tell you how much business has changed, you may have to spend some time considering what that change really is.

Every year at this time we have great expectations of how the new year will go, I high suggest you look at how you think about your business, and how business is done in the future. Use foresight as your guide, not your heart, your comfort zone, start looking beyond what you’ve done, and what you’ve had, the problem is usually the same as it has been for the past 5 -1 0 years….you. Take the time to notice the path you’re on.

The Power of TweetUps!

Today was a great day, if you haven’t attended a local TweetUp in your area you really are losing out. We met at The Bat Cave  (known as Beans & Leaves on Ventura in Abbotsford) where they serve great coffee and pastries. The opportunity to meet people face-to-face that you chat with online makes the experience even that more special. If you are unemployed or self-employed you really need to get to these TweetUps for the networking alone, you just never know who you will meet and what may come from that meeting. Heck your next job might be hidden at a TweetUp.

I had the privilege of hanging with Chris Penner & Ronda Payne, it’s always a blast when they show up…never a dull moment. But today I met  new people, Rick & Kathleen Rake, very cool people and they have so much to offer so you should follow them on Twitter and get to know them.

Here are the Twitter handles:

1.) Chris Penner – @chrispenner

2.) Ronda Payne – @rondapayne

3.) Rick Rake – @rickrake

4.) Kathleen Rake – @kathleenrake

Tell them Owen sent you.

Chris Penner is a local Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams here in my community.

Ronda Payne is a writer here, you can hire her anytime she is awesome.

Rick Rake is the former Editor of the Abbotsford News and is now retired.

Kathleen Rake is the principle of Click Media Works and her passion is Wine – look out Gary Vaynerchuk! Her Wine website is called Between The Vines

Owen's ROCK STARS

rockstar2I’ve been around the NET a while and I find myself gravitating to a chosen few time and time again, I like you tend to go back to places I find useful. I spend at least 6 – 8 hours of my day online, probably more, and I just love connecting with people, having great debates on topics I’m passionate about, if you’re like me, you tend to mix it up with those who are just as passionate.

I like to surround myself with quality people, online as well, and I have no idea if these folks respect me but I thought I would share some of my favorite online ROCKSTAR’S with you, here are a few people you should connect with and follow to enhance your time on the NET:

1.) Olivier Blanchard – Olivier is very smart and has a sense of humor that knocks you on your butt, he is the go to guy when you want the best advice on Social Media ROI. What I love most about Olivier, his willingness to help others and he has the most unique point of view that makes you have those Ah-Ha moments. I have come to admire Olivier for his heart, but he’ll deny it if you ask him about his soft side 🙂 Oh, and watch-out for Chico!

Twitter: @thebrandbuilder

Website: http://thebrandbuilder.wordpress.com

2.) Trey Pennington – A true professional, you will enjoy his interviews with leaders of Social Media and Marketing. Most of all, he’s a great guy who loves to help others. He’s an encourager and a supporter, those are qualities that I admire & respect. He hangs his hat on Blog Talk Radio where he broadcasts his powerful interviews, follow him and his show.

Twitter: @treypennington

Website: http://treypennington.com

3.) Kris Colvin – One word comes to mind when I think of Kris, ALIVE! Every time I have an exchange with her, I think,  the force is strong with this one. Kris is a sensitive, loving, caring person, I have never met her in person but that’s what I get from her when we chat online. Did I mention she specializes in Design, visit her site and be sure to use Twitterface.com while your at it. I should mention she & Olivier are Nutella addicts.

Twitter: @KrisColvin

Website: http://www.Kriscolvin.com

4.) Chris Penner – Chris is local to me here in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada. We met online via Twitter, I invited him for coffee and the rest is now history, he comes to every TweetUp I hold at the Bat Cave. Chris is an avid Water Ski Freak, it’s his passion for sure because he can go on for hours on the topic and never get tired of it. Chris is also in Real Estate, he is doing some very interesting things that will put him at the top of his game soon.

Twitter: @chrispenner

Website: http://www.askchris.ca

5.) Louis Gray & Mike Fruchter – I was pleasantly surprised to find one day that me & my Blog were recognized by these two notables this past summer. Louis listed my Blog as one of the Top 5 Blogs Under The Radar, Louis is in Silicon Valley and works for an unnamed company in Silicon Valley. Mike was kind enough to list me as one of the Top 10 People To Follow on FriendFeed, Mike is with Pierson Grant Public Relations in Florida. I am forever grateful, be sure to keep an eye on them as well.

Twitter: @louisgray @fruchter

6.) Chris Brogan – Chris is everyone’s Rock Star it seems, recently I’ve found myself going back to his Blog regularly, and I have quoted him often, plus, enjoyed his book Trust Agents so much I am promoting it on my Blog. Get your copy and make Chris rise to the top of the best seller charts. Chris was kind enough to participate on an older post called Your Best Social Media Tips. I still haven’t found the right words to describe him so I’ll just say you need to invest some time in his Blog.

Twitter: @chrisbrogan

Website: http://www.chrisbrogan.com

7.) Scott Stratten – A fellow Canadian, I love his boldness and directness when he speaks, if you want it candy coated he’s not your man. His company name is frankly brilliant, Un-Marketing, don’t you love it? His slogan – Stop Marketing and Start Engaging! With a mantra like that you can’t help but like him, be sure to follow him on Twitter he’s a riot. 

Twitter: @unmarketing

Website: http://www.un-marketing.com

8.) Robert Scoble – If you haven’t heard of him, you must be living under a rock! He is very popular online and was raised in Silicon Valley, well connected and has a very interesting point of view when it comes to everything technology. I have tried more software I would have never heard of since following, interacting and chatting with Robert, he’s in the know in the land of Silicon. A very likable man but I’m not sure why he like’s Mike Arrington 🙂

Twitter: @scobleizer

Website: http://scobleizer.com/

9.) Mack Collier – He holds the #blogchat, a very active person when it comes to discussing Social Media & Blogging, just to name a few. Mack is clever and is know as a thinking man, always deep in thought and asks very poignant questions all the time. Another great person for profound, timely information, visit his site and follow him around for awhile on Twitter. A very engaging fellow.

Twitter: @mackcollier

Website: http://www.mackcollier.com

10.) Ken Peters, Ronda Payne, Marty McPadden, Bill Mitchell, Rob Cairns, John Lusher, Sharon Hayes, Lisa Johnson, (Twitter Links) and so many more, these are the people I spend time with here online. Forgive me for not listing everyone but I think you’re getting the idea, it’s about relationships and engagement. You can’t possibly manage thousands of relationships in these Social Media Networks, but you can over time. I so appreciate everyone of you that thinks enough of me to spend time chatting, debating things that matter, and to just hang out shooting the breeze.

These are just few people I consider Rock Stars in my online world, people I learn from, have fun with and truly value their friendship. I thank you and hope that I can be of service to all those that visit me here on my Blog.